DQ & CT Chapter Three


Criminal Profiling, Brent Turvey 4th Ed, Academic Press ISBN Criminal Profiling

DQ & CT Chapter Three

Discussion Questions

Explain the difference between idiographic and nomothetic Provide one example of an idiographic profiling method and one example of a nomothetic profiling method.

Define Criminal Investigative Analysis. List 5 criticisms associated with this profiling method.

Define Geographic Profiling:

Define The Least Effort Principle

Define Distance Decay

Define The circle theory in regards to geographic profiling. List 2 cautions that apply to this theory.

Critical Thinking

Case Study

Read the following passage from Ressler and Shachtman (1992, pp. 304) and answer the questions below.

Looking at the crime-scene photographs and the police reports, it was apparent to me that this was not a crime committed by an “organized” killer who stalked his victims, was methodical in how he went about his crimes, and took care to avoid leaving clues to his own identity. No, from the appearance of the crime scene, it was obvious to me that we were dealing with a “disorganized” killer, a person who had a full-blown and serious mental illness.

This passage represents nomothetic knowledge. Why?

Criminal Investigative Analysis was the profiling method used this passage represents. Why?